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Irreconcilable Differences (1984)

Alternating between the past and the present, a precocious little girl sues her selfish, career-driven parents for emancipation, surprising them both.

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Albert and Lucy fall in love, get married, and have a daughter Casey. Everything is wonderful, until their work distracts Albert and Lucy from each other and Casey. They soon divorce and start fighting. Casey, who spends much time with their Latino maid and childminder, eventually decides to seek legal emancipation from her parents, and to go and live full time with the maid who has been taking care of her. The media pick up the case and have a field day with it, making things worse. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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They've Got Everything... including a 10 year old daughter who's suing them for divorce. See more »

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28 September 1984 (USA)  »

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Diferencias irreconciliables  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,076,894, 30 September 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,414,210
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Peter Bogdanovich has said in interviews that this movie is "terrible", as it makes he and Cybill Shepherd out to be the villains and presents Polly Platt as the victim in a very one-sided manner. It is ironic that Ryan O'Neal, who is a veteran of several Bogdanovich productions, is playing the Bogdanovich character. It is also ironic that O'Neal's daughter in the movie accuses him of being neglectful, since O'Neal's real-life daughter Tatum O'Neal also accused him of being neglectful. See more »

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Blake Chandler: [singing] This Civil War ain't gonna get me down. I'm taking my act to a brand new town. This belle rings in old Atlanta. I'm gonna find myself a brand new Santa!
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Referenced in King of the Hill: Enrique-cilable Differences (2005) See more »

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Written by Jerry Belson and Harvey Miller,
Performed by Sharon Stone
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Good comedy/melodrama with a unique twist; the self-parody of the movie industry is often ingenious.
15 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

Drew pretty much steals the show as the deadpan "reasoner"

character: a child coping in the midst of two selfish,

immature adults. I'd compare her to Tatum O'Neal in Paper

Moon or Mary Badham in To Kill a Mockingbird for the way

she anchors the audience's perspective as the madness (competently related here by Ryan and Shelley) spins around her.

The real comedy lies in the "screwball" plot twist to which the film's title refers (we learn, early in the plot, that it is little Drew's character, not the parents, who is suing for divorce), and especially the story's underlying satire of the entertainment industry. Highlights include how Albert/Ryan's plummeting career as a director parodies those of Cimino (dust, smoke and flies a la Heaven's Gate) and Bogdanovich (starring untalented girlfriend in multi-million-dollar flops). An Andy Warhol style painting of Shelly Long as Marilyn in the background of one scene is just too funny, an example of how understated the true humor can be in this otherwise broadly-played farce.

Some points are disturbing, though: it's made a joke that Ryan is having an anxiety attack instead of a heart attack (try having one), or that his visitation rights are threatened if he doesn't make child support payments (an interesting social comment). Considering the real-life ups and downs of Ryan O'Neal's and Shelly Long's careers, however, I'd say the film's a roaring success.


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